OmniView SOHO 2-Port KVM Switch With Audio PS/2 and USB Platform - F1DS102T - Belkin Components, Continued
While I am on the subject of cables, it is important to note that the F1DS102T does not include any cables other than the special serial cable that is required to flash the unit. Belkin offers a complete line of cables that are compatible with the F1DS102T in various lengths that are just right to fit your application, but they must be purchased separately.
The F1DS102T can be powered from the PS/2 port or the USB port on your computer. It is able to accept a separate power supply, if need be, but we found that wasn't necessary in our testing. The powered keyboard emulation technology worked well and we didn't encounter any "keyboard or mouse not found" messages during the switch and reboot of systems. The F1D065-PWR 9V DC 600mA Power Adapter is availible from Belkin for an additional $17 US.
An advanced feature of the F1DS102T is the ability to upgrade/flash the on- board firmware of the unit. This is a first in the KVM market. KVMs have often been plagued by compatibility issues in one form or another. Belkin looks to rid users of this problem by giving the user the ability to update the unit's firmware. Using the enclosed custom serial cable, the user is able to download firmware updates for the F1DS102T from Belkin's web site. Gone are the days when the scroll button on the mouse does not work, which was an issue in many earlier KVM products. Only Belkin offers the ability to flash upgrade the firmware of their KVM.